ReGrow Dining Spotlight

Bear Nutrition
LeeAnna Stinar & Skylar Lamminen – Owners

Back in 2018 LeeAnna Stinar and daughter Skylar Lamminen, an athlete at White Bear High School, were frustrated with the lack of healthy food options in the area. They found themselves driving long distances to find good choices. One day Skylar suggested they open their own shop. Initially more of a whim than a dream, the idea quickly evolved. Their initial goal of catering to the needs of young athletes has become much more since then. The mother/daughter team love being there for people to help them along their own personal fitness and nutrition journeys. They did their research, including driving to Blaine for several months to work for a health and nutrition restaurant and learn the trade. In April 2019 the ”whim” became reality and Bear Nutrition opened in Birch Lake Square. 

LeeAnna describes their operation as a Shake Bar with Smoothies and other nutritious and creative offerings like Protein Oat Bowls – a hot healthy breakfast chock full of fiber and nutrients. On the weekends they offer Protein Waffles – the beauty is any shake flavor can be made into a nutritious waffle. Their smoothies offer a well-balanced combination of protein, carbs and low calories, and are a great supplement after that workout. They also offer an Immune Booster drink that is a favorite. “In these times taking care of your immune system has never been more important”, says LeeAnnaSugar-free, Aloe based teas are another signature item. 

The ladies take pride in staying true to their commitment to local athletes – sponsoring youth sports teams and helping teach young athletes the value of proper nutrition. They are grateful to their loyal regulars for their continued support and are looking forward to celebrating their second Anniversary in April.  

The shop is open seven days, and all items are available for Take-Out. Health seekers can stop in to order, or use their text ahead option at 651-349-3750. www.bearnutritionwbl  

This article written by Ken Galloway, and originally featured in the White Bear Press.